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With his latest LP X, singer/songwriter/pop auteur Richard X. Heyman keeps doing what he’s always done: 60s-informed (but not obsessive), guitar-based pop music. One could make a point about stunted development, but evolution isn’t the point here. Heyman is a classicist, a believer in the virtues of a good hook, solid sound and a sincere lyrical outlook, and that those elements never go out of style. And let’s face it: one listen to the rollicking “Firing Line,” the lusy “Verges On the Day,” the melancholy “Mourning” and the purely popping “Somebody Has Found Me,” “Hangman Smiles”” and “Please Be Mindful” pretty much proves his point. X may be , short on innovation but it’s long on melody and charm, and that, frankly, is what’s important.
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